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Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson

Doubleday Canada | April 2, 2013 | Hardcover

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Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.
      What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?
     During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.
     During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.
     What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?
     Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life''s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9.3 × 6.6 × 1.2 in

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385671377

ISBN - 13: 9780385671378

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Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9.3 × 6.6 × 1.2 in

Published: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385671377

ISBN - 13: 9780385671378

From the Publisher

Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.
      What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?
     During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.
     During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.
     What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?
     Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life''s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past.

About the Author

KATE ATKINSON won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and has been a critically acclaimed international author ever since. Her most recent four bestsellers featured the former private detective Jackson Brodie: Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog. She was appointed an MBE in the 2011 Queen''s Birthday Honours List.

Editorial Reviews

Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction "There aren''t enough breathless adjectives to describe Life After Life : Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound. Wildly inventive, deeply felt. Hilarious. Humane. Simply put: it''s one of the best novels I’ve read this century." —Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl and Sharp Objects    “Think of Audrey Niffenegger''s The Time Traveler''s Wife or David Nicholl''s One Day . . . . . [or] Martin Amis''s Times Arrow. . . . Life After Life should have the popular success of the former and deserves to win prizes, too. Atkinson has done something highly unusual, boldly beginning afresh. . . . [Atkinson] sets herself an audacious premise and the most ambitious sweep of our modern history, and absolutely nails it on every count. It both pleases the crowd and feeds the soul, in the spirit of the grand masters.” — The Times (UK)   “In a lesser writer’s hands, a novel that revisits its main character’s birth 12 times would likely be tiresome, but each revision is fresh, often funny, and filled with new life in more ways than one. Atkinson tackles a mystical theme in Life After Life , but she is at heart a realist.” — Maclean’s “Merging family saga with a fluid sense of time and an extraordinarily vivid sense of history at its most human level. A dizzying and dazzling tour de force.” — Daily Mail “Brilliant . . . more
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